The United States and Nicaragua: Just Relations or Imperialist Domination?

TitleThe United States and Nicaragua: Just Relations or Imperialist Domination?
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsBergeron, Joe Stacy
Academic DepartmentPolitical Science
Thesis AdvisorClinton, Richard
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Studies in Political Science
Number of Pages41
Date Published04/1998
UniversityOregon State University
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordsforeign policy, Nicaragua, relationship, United States

This project explores the nature of the relationship between the United States and Nicaragua. The relationship since 1979 is analyzed in depth. A virtual state of war existed between the U.S. and Nicaragua in the 1980s, and although the armed conflict ended over eight years ago, U.S. intervention in Nicaraguan affairs has never been properly recognized and resolved in the U.S.
Historical facts and insights compiled from several authors are methodically presented in order to slowly take the reader through history. The project seeks to demonstrate that, in a bilateral relationship ranging between the two extremes of just relations and imperialist domination, the U.S. invariably lies quite close to the imperialist extreme. Nicaraguans have suffered greatly because of the imperialist dominance that has characterized U.S. relations toward Nicaragua.
Many lessons can be drawn from such an unfortunate history. Ultimately the U.S. needs to change the way it conducts its foreign policy. It is up to the people of the U.S. to force politicians to review U.S. policy toward Nicaragua and to establish a relationship based on sincere respect and a desire to help the people of Nicaragua recover from the harm that has been inflicted upon them.